“From a Stutter to a Star!”

Our “Music in Your Life” series continues…

Carly Simon began stuttering severely when she was eight years old. A psychiatrist tried unsuccessfully to cure her stuttering. Instead, Simon realized when she would sing, the stuttering stopped. So, she began writing songs and learning to play the piano and guitar to help with her self- confidence. In her early teens, she teamed up with her older sister, Lucy, to form the singing duo, The Simon Sisters. Carly would embark on a solo career after Lucy got married and wanted to start a family. Carly Simon’s work has included such great songs as “You’re So Vain,” “Nobody Does It Better.” “Anticipation,” and more, earning her Grammy awards and induction into the Songwriters Hall of Fame and The Grammy Hall of Fame.

With her 1988 hit “Let the River Run,” from the film Working Girl, she became the first artist to win a Grammy Award, an Academy Award, and a Golden Globe Award for a song composed and written, as well as performed, entirely by a single artist.

UKE Group Ready For Holidays!

The BCMC Wednesday after school youth uke group is gearing up for their big Christmas program. Under the direction of Mike Kilgerman, the kids are quickly learning new songs and are working on some great holiday favorites! The group meets each Wednesday at 5 pm and if you might be interested, let us know!

Get ready for The Tri State Ukeclectics Orchestra and their big Christmas show on December 21, joined by the BCMC  youth group. More details on the way.

BlackCat Music Cooperative, empowering youth through music!

“UKEAMANIA” IS HERE!!

The growing popularity of the ukulele is being felt worldwide, with sales that have tripled in the past few years and the number of players growing at an astounding rate! Why not! It’s easy and fun to play and small enough to take anywhere!

The BCMC Wednesday After School Uke Club continues to grow and is learning new songs weekly! As you can see, Ukes are now coming in all shapes, styles and sizes. This program provides students with a chance to learn and build self confidence.

SingBig! Musical Revue Finale

After two weeks of hard work and devotion, SingBig! Summer Camp came to a close, with a wonderful performance Friday (8/3) at the Ice House! Under the direction of Joel Newman, the girls entertained the audience with a feel good musical revue that showed off the many skills they learned during the camp. Watching the progress from day to day, week to week was a joy to behold.

Not only did the girls expand their musical skills individually, they enjoyed working together as a group and forged some new friendships. Joel was a wonderful teacher and remarked afterwards what a joy it was to work with the group. Many thanks to everyone who helped make SingBig! 2018 a big success. In addition to Joel and Issac for his great volunteer effort with sound, big thanks in order to the Ice House,  The Boys and Girls Club, Adam and Janet from BlackCat Music and a special thank you to Vista Member, Amber Light, for wrapping up her great one year of service with constant support for SingBig!